Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2008, Official Report, column 800W, on bank notes: visually impaired, if he will introduce paper currency with marks identifiable by touch to assist visually impaired individuals. 
Ian Pearson: The Bank of England is responsible for the design of its banknotes. It consults regularly with the Royal National Institute of Blind People regarding the design of its banknotes and is currently satisfied that the use of different dimensions for the four different denominations is the most effective way of assisting visually impaired individuals. The Bank of England has no plans to introduce new marks identifiable by touch.
Ian Pearson: The Government have frozen the funds of Landsbanki to prevent actions being taken which would be to the detriment of the UK economy. We are working constructively with the Icelandic Government to ensure that UK depositors and creditors of Icelandic banks are not unfairly disadvantaged. The Treasury will keep the freezing order under review.
Ian Pearson: The Government has announced a number of measures to maintain financial stability, to protect savers and to rebuild confidence in the financial system. This action is designed to help businesses, individuals and the wider economy.
Sir John Stanley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether bodies that are (a) registered charities only, (b) both registered charities and also companies limited by guarantee and (c) unincorporated associations are included within the Governments commitment to protect bank deposit holders up to the sum of £50,000. 
Ian Pearson: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is responsible for making the rules of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), including the rule change which increased the compensation limit for bank deposits to £50,000, and the rules which determine whether a body is eligible to claim compensation under the scheme. The increased compensation limit applies in relation to claims by all eligible claimants. The rules on eligibility for FSCS compensation are set out in the FSA handbook which is available on the FSA website. Guidance on eligibility for FSCS compensation is available on the FSCS website.
Mr. Cawsey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether deposits by (a) North Lincolnshire Council and (b) other local authorities in failed overseas banks will be fully protected by the Government. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 14 October 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement given by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears) on 14 October 2008, Official Report, columns 34-36WS.
Mr. Timms: HMRC officers working within the UK Border Agency act to detect the importation of prohibited and restricted goods at the UK border. In the course of that activity, large numbers of forged documents are seized. These documents are referred to other agencies to investigate. The number of documents seized are not systematically retained.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff employed by the Financial Services Authority were paid over £100,000 including bonuses in the last year for which figures are available; 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will undertake an investigation of the effects of arrangements for control of the money supply which include creation of it by private financial institutions in the form of credit; and if he will make a statement. 
The Capital Requirements Directive implements the international Basel II agreement into EU legislation which stipulates how much of their own financial resources banks and investment firms must have in order to cover their risks. The Financial Services Authority is responsible for implementing the directive in the UK.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from customers over tax credits his Department has received in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were introduced, broken down by type of complaint; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: For information up to and including February 2008, I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 634W.
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Paul Clark: Urban Bus Challenge competitions were held in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and a total of £53 million was awarded in those competitions. No new awards have been made under this scheme since 2003. Annual expenditure since 2003 on projects successful in the competitions has been as follows.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold data on the numbers of attacks against bus drivers. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are able to provide the following information:
|Attacks against bus and coach drivers|
|Number of attacks|
Data collected by HSE and local authorities under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
It is important to note that incidents involving bus drivers will only be reported to HSE or local authorities if they come into the RIDDOR criteria of fatal or major, or if the attack resulted in a period of sick absence of more than three days. There will of course be other instances of less serious violence or verbal attacks which are not recorded centrally. And in many cases, the bus driver concerned may choose to not report the incident to his or her employer.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those purchases of land or buildings made by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies as a result of the rationalisation of driving test centres; and when these transactions were conducted. 
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 473, on emergency services: accidents, how many of those accidents which occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years that resulted in (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries were on pedestrian crossings. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of reported personal injury road accidents involving vehicles from (a) the police force, (b) the fire service and (c) the ambulance service resulting in (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries on pedestrian crossings in each Government office region in 2002 to 2007 are given in the tables.
|Number of fatal accidents|
|Number of serious accidents|
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